Spring 2012 - Political Science in Washingon, D.C.


In 2005, Barbara Allen and Gregory Marfleet received the APSA Rowman and Littlefield Innovative Teaching Award for their courses on political communication and political psychology. They have continued to work together in team-taught courses on Global Society. Individually, Greg is known for his research on leadership in foreign policy and Barbara has published the political thought of Alexis de Tocqueville and other democratic theorists. Together they have published several articles on political communication.


Washington D.C. is a wonderful location for many kinds of learning beyond the classroom. In addition to the major institutions of national government, the city is an international capital that is home to over 150 foreign embassies. This seminar allows students work experience three days a week in a Washington internship and provides over fifty class sessions with leading Waashington figures - legislators, administration officials, judges, lobbyists, American and foreign diplomats, and members of the American and international press.

Previous speakers have included Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Senators Richard Lugar (R-IN) and Russ Feingold (D-WI), former House Speaker Tom Foley (D-WA), Vice President Dan Quayle, the News Hour's Judy Woodruff, and Bob Woodward of the Washington Post. Students in the past have met with journalists and diplomats from Sweden, Russian, Germany, Nicaragua, China, Japan, South Africa, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Mexico, and Cuba.